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WinXP - Remote Desktop

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by msnews, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. msnews

    msnews Flightless Bird

    I have searched the net for information regarding the controlling of a host
    and the display of that activity showing up on the monitor of the host
    itself.

    Eg. Computer A and B in same room. Computer A is host, B client and both
    configured accordingly. Connection successful and I can use the desktop of
    computer A. I want to watch movie clips on computer A while I carry on
    working on computer B with the rdp connection. How can I see the mouse
    moving, the movies playing and general activity on the host, computer A's
    monitor? the user login screen is there.

    The Host is in the attic and mouse and keyboard are not long enough to reach
    and usb mouse keyboard does not work efficiently.

    Does anyone know of a solution?

    regards
    donna
     
  2. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "msnews" <notinterestedgoaway@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:#CKOI7bHLHA.5668@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > I have searched the net for information regarding the controlling of a
    > host and the display of that activity showing up on the monitor of the
    > host itself.
    >
    > Eg. Computer A and B in same room. Computer A is host, B client and both
    > configured accordingly. Connection successful and I can use the desktop
    > of computer A. I want to watch movie clips on computer A while I carry on
    > working on computer B with the rdp connection. How can I see the mouse
    > moving, the movies playing and general activity on the host, computer A's
    > monitor? the user login screen is there.
    >
    > The Host is in the attic and mouse and keyboard are not long enough to
    > reach and usb mouse keyboard does not work efficiently.
    >
    > Does anyone know of a solution?
    >
    > regards
    > donna


    While the remote desktop connection is active, the monitor on the RDP host
    will show you only the login screen. You can achieve your aim only if the
    host is a proper Windows Server rather than a WinXP workstation.
     
  3. Pegasus [MVP]

    Pegasus [MVP] Flightless Bird

    "msnews" <notinterestedgoaway@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:#CKOI7bHLHA.5668@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > I have searched the net for information regarding the controlling of a
    > host and the display of that activity showing up on the monitor of the
    > host itself.
    >
    > Eg. Computer A and B in same room. Computer A is host, B client and both
    > configured accordingly. Connection successful and I can use the desktop
    > of computer A. I want to watch movie clips on computer A while I carry on
    > working on computer B with the rdp connection. How can I see the mouse
    > moving, the movies playing and general activity on the host, computer A's
    > monitor? the user login screen is there.
    >
    > The Host is in the attic and mouse and keyboard are not long enough to
    > reach and usb mouse keyboard does not work efficiently.
    >
    > Does anyone know of a solution?
    >
    > regards
    > donna


    There a further solution: use WinVNC instead of Remote Desktop. It works
    very well and it is free.
     
  4. msnews

    msnews Flightless Bird

    Hi Pegaga sus

    I downloaded and installed vnc-4_1_3-x86_win32 from
    http://grox.net/doc/apps/vnc/download.htm. It worked and I was able to have
    full control of the host. However, when playing movie clips, the players
    screen was blank. Any reason for this?

    regards
    d
    "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:%23kU1zjcHLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >
    >
    > "msnews" <notinterestedgoaway@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:#CKOI7bHLHA.5668@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> I have searched the net for information regarding the controlling of a
    >> host and the display of that activity showing up on the monitor of the
    >> host itself.
    >>
    >> Eg. Computer A and B in same room. Computer A is host, B client and both
    >> configured accordingly. Connection successful and I can use the desktop
    >> of computer A. I want to watch movie clips on computer A while I carry
    >> on working on computer B with the rdp connection. How can I see the mouse
    >> moving, the movies playing and general activity on the host, computer A's
    >> monitor? the user login screen is there.
    >>
    >> The Host is in the attic and mouse and keyboard are not long enough to
    >> reach and usb mouse keyboard does not work efficiently.
    >>
    >> Does anyone know of a solution?
    >>
    >> regards
    >> donna

    >
    > While the remote desktop connection is active, the monitor on the RDP host
    > will show you only the login screen. You can achieve your aim only if the
    > host is a proper Windows Server rather than a WinXP workstation.
     
  5. Paul

    Paul Flightless Bird

    msnews wrote:
    > Hi Pegaga sus
    >
    > I downloaded and installed vnc-4_1_3-x86_win32 from
    > http://grox.net/doc/apps/vnc/download.htm. It worked and I was able to have
    > full control of the host. However, when playing movie clips, the players
    > screen was blank. Any reason for this?
    >
    > regards
    > d


    VNC monitors only one resource in the video card, which is the
    resource used by the regular desktop.

    Video or movie players, may use an overlay plane for rendering.
    VNC may not be able to "see" that, thus a square area remains
    blank.

    Similarly, if you were to start a 3D game, flip it to windowed
    mode instead of full screen, the window where the game should
    be, would also be a blank square. (I believe you can buy
    a program, that will record a 3D game, so this one can be
    fixed, if the VNC designers worked at it. Still, a game or
    a movie would require a lot of processor, to keep up with
    the content changes in any reasonable fashion. Imagine
    how much network bandwidth it would take to transport
    a poorly compressed movie.)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fraps (for recording 3D)

    With enough work, they might be able to fix that, but it won't
    be easy. For movies protected by DRM, for example, the OS may
    have features to make it difficult to copy such an area of the
    screen. In the past, it might have been purely an "accident"
    that a square area wasn't copyable. But now, there can be
    an ulterior motive for it not working.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PVP-OPM

    Paul

    > "Pegasus [MVP]" <news@microsoft.com> wrote in message
    > news:%23kU1zjcHLHA.4120@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >> "msnews" <notinterestedgoaway@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    >> news:#CKOI7bHLHA.5668@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> I have searched the net for information regarding the controlling of a
    >>> host and the display of that activity showing up on the monitor of the
    >>> host itself.
    >>>
    >>> Eg. Computer A and B in same room. Computer A is host, B client and both
    >>> configured accordingly. Connection successful and I can use the desktop
    >>> of computer A. I want to watch movie clips on computer A while I carry
    >>> on working on computer B with the rdp connection. How can I see the mouse
    >>> moving, the movies playing and general activity on the host, computer A's
    >>> monitor? the user login screen is there.
    >>>
    >>> The Host is in the attic and mouse and keyboard are not long enough to
    >>> reach and usb mouse keyboard does not work efficiently.
    >>>
    >>> Does anyone know of a solution?
    >>>
    >>> regards
    >>> donna

    >> While the remote desktop connection is active, the monitor on the RDP host
    >> will show you only the login screen. You can achieve your aim only if the
    >> host is a proper Windows Server rather than a WinXP workstation.

    >
    >
     
  6. (PeteCresswell)

    (PeteCresswell) Flightless Bird

    Per Pegasus [MVP]:
    >There a further solution: use WinVNC instead of Remote Desktop. It works
    >very well and it is free.


    One more suggestion in that vein: TeamViewer.

    It's an industrial-strength commercial product, but they have a
    freebie version for home/single users.

    On of it's strengths is speed. You click the name of the PC you
    want to connect to and "bang!".... you're there.
    --
    PeteCresswell
     
  7. HeyBub

    HeyBub Flightless Bird

    (PeteCresswell) wrote:
    > Per Pegasus [MVP]:
    >> There a further solution: use WinVNC instead of Remote Desktop. It
    >> works very well and it is free.

    >
    > One more suggestion in that vein: TeamViewer.
    >
    > It's an industrial-strength commercial product, but they have a
    > freebie version for home/single users.
    >
    > On of it's strengths is speed. You click the name of the PC you
    > want to connect to and "bang!".... you're there.


    An even BETTER option is Mikogo. I say better "because" a) it is free for
    commercial use and b) Does not require any software installation on the
    remote computer.

    You (as the technician) merely tell your client: "Log on to mikogo.com and
    enter the following 9-digit code."

    In a few seconds, you are in contol of their computer (or vice-versa).
     

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